The 2021 season hasn’t even started yet, and therefore the Baltimore Ravens are already within the midst of a disastrous injury situation. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport confirmed that cornerback Marcus Peters and back Gus Edwards suffered torn ACLs and can both miss the season. the 2 were injured during back-to-back plays at Thursday’s practice, per Rapoport and NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. The Ravens cut practice short after the key players went down and later officially listed Edwards and Peters as limited participants.
Later Thursday, the Ravens signed longtime former Falcons back Devonta Freeman to the practice squad, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. The team had already signed Le’Veon Bell to the practice squad earlier within the week. Bell and Freeman had each figured out for the team previously. The team is additionally performing on finalizing an effect back Latavius Murray, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported. The news comes after starting back J.K. Dobbins suffered a season-ending knee injury within the team’s final preseason game. back Justice Hill tore his Achilles earlier in the week.
With Edwards also gone for the season, the Ravens’ backfield is looking sort of an interrogation point. 2020 undrafted back Tyson Williams, about whom the club raved following Dobbins’ injury as a backup to Edwards, will now be in line for a huge role in Week 1 against the Raiders. Baltimore also signed fourth-year back Trenton Cannon — 48 career carries for 146 yards and a TD — to the active roster. the large name to observe for the Ravens is going to be Bell. Before Edwards’ injury, coach John Harbaugh said earlier within the day that Bell might be activated from the practice squad Monday night against the Las Vegas Raiders. That possibility grows exponentially given Thursday’s injury.
Bell appeared in 11 games last season for the Jets and Chiefs, taking 82 carries for 328 yards and two scores. The 29-year-old insisted this offseason he still has juice left, despite not showing off in 2020. The door in Baltimore could have just opened wide for Bell to prove the doubters wrong. Freeman played in five games last season for the Giants, rushing for 172 yards on 54 carries. Peters’ injury is additionally a huge hit to the high-powered Ravens defense, which counted on the ballhawk to assist create turnovers. Baltimore is well-stocked at the corner, but losing Peters hits its starting depth and pushes 33-year-old Jimmy Smith into quite a spot-duty backup role.